Become a presenter for Ending the Silence
Ending the Silence, the NAMI stigma reduction and mental health education program, is presented in middle and high school classrooms and other settings by a team of two: a lead presenter and a young adult presenter. The young adult presenter must be a person 18- 35 with a history of youthful mental illness and both team members must have a connection with mental illness, either in themselves, a family member or friend.
To become a team member, it is expected that you will commit to all the parameters of the program. This could mean presenting up to 4 hours per week or as little as a few hours a month. Team members report how rewarding it is to connect with young people who are grateful that we come in and talk to them about what they are experiencing. Begin by filling out a Volunteer Application Form. Once your application is received, a member of the NAMI SA staff will contact you to set up a meeting.
Volunteer presenters are trained by NAMI Southern Arizona and have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of youth who may be struggling with a mental health condition in silence. Once presenting, a stipend is provided for each presentation completed.
To become a presenter for Ending the Silence:
-Fill out the Volunteer Application
-Become a NAMI Southern Arizona member
-Complete a three-hour online training.
To request Ending the Silence for your school or organization, please fill out the contact form or contact Judi Maikoff, Program Manager at 520-622-5582 with any questions.
Become a Youth Ambassador for Text Talk Act
Youth Ambassadors for Text, Talk, Act receive a two-hour training on how to help organize and lead the Text, Talk, Act activity in their school. Through this training, Ambassadors gain community organizing and leadership skills – and help to bring mental health education to their school.
Youth Ambassadors are expected to attend the full two-hour training and to organize at least one large event at their school, youth organization or with an after-school club. To become a Youth Ambassador, contact Raquel Goodrich at email@example.com.
Bring mental health education into your school, youth organization or place of worship.
Talk to your child’s teacher, counselor or principal about providing mental health education in the classroom. Or you can set us up to present mental health education to your child’s Girl Scout or Boy Scout Troop, 4-H Club, sports club, church youth group, or other youth organization.
Contact us and we will follow up with you to bring one of our programs to your organization.
Be an advocate to bring Youth Mental Health First Aid to your community!
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach teachers, family members, caregivers, school staff, health and human services workers and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health challenge or is in crisis. This program is primarily designed for adults who have regular contact with young people. The course covers common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (AD/HD), and eating disorders.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an approved curriculum for the Arizona Department of Education required Suicide Prevention Training. For more information contact MaryAnne Fout at 520-500-9993 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Represent Help & Hope for YOUth at Events
Set up a table of NAMI and Alliance member brochures and handouts, and talk to young people at health fairs and other events. Use the Contact Us form to let us know you’d like to help out.